Keyword: Japan

French Fukushima cartoon offends Japan

Tokyo to lodge complaint with French embassy over newspaper cartoon linking nuclear disaster and 2020 Olympics bid.

Euro crisis is over, says France's Francois Hollande

Despite high unemployment and recession, French president tells Japanese business leaders the four-year financial crisis that gripped EU is past.

France's President Hollande confuses Japan and China

The embarrassing slip of the tongue, which the president did not correct, came when he was speaking in French at a news conference in Tokyo.

France's Hollande on Japan visit to push nuke ties

Visit aimed at seeking closer cooperation in nuclear technologies and finding out more about Japan's policy mix of monetary and fiscal reforms.

Frenchwoman fired after leaving Japan during nuclear crisis sues employer

Emmanuelle Bodin says contract with state broadcaster was unjustly terminated after she fled Japan at start of Fukushima crisis in March 2011.

Fukushima mysteries remain, says French nuke safety chief who warns of uncalculated hazards ahead

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Jacques Repussard, director-general of France's Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety, recently travelled to Japan to study the situation at the quake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant (photo), where the battle continues to bring the overheating reactors under control and to stem radioactive pollution seeping from the site. In a revealing interview with Mediapart's Sophie Dufau and Michel de Pracontal, he details what he learnt from his trip and what lessons the Fukushima disaster offers for nuclear safety standards in France.

How Japan's nuclear industry ignored the disaster to come

Following the major earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, the threat of a nuclear catastrophe caused by overheating at the country's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant increases hour by hour. The crisis has highlighted the perilous number of nuclear installations established in a country regularly rocked by quakes. Mathieu Gaulène reports on the history of Japan's nuclear energy programme and the past incidents that so clearly announced a disaster to come.

When the past came back to haunt the Sasakawa Foundation

War criminal: Ryoichi Sasakawa pictured after his arrest. © DR War criminal: Ryoichi Sasakawa pictured after his arrest. © DR
The Franco-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation benefits from the support of some among France's academic and cultural elite. A recent French court ruling, however, has brought to the fore the murky history of Ryoichi Sasakawa.